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James Fenton

James is a media graduate from Dublin. Most of his day involves consuming sports media. Not very opinionated. At least that's what he thinks. Handy to have in a pub quiz. Not so handy in a mass brawl. Can be found on Twitter @fentonjames16

Spanish Football Show Captures Gary Neville At His Fiery Best

The latest edition of Spanish football show ‘El Día Después’ (English: The Day After) has taken an interesting look at the touchline habits of Valencia manager Gary Neville. Neville, who was appointed manager of the Spanish side in December, has come under scrutiny following a mixed run of results which has left the former Manchester United captain still looking for …

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European Championship Moments – No. 1

As the build-up to this year’s European Championship in France continues, we look back on the greatest moments in the history of the tournament. What better place to start then with Marco Van Basten’s wonder goal for Netherlands in the 1988 final? There’s something about that shade of orange that takes us right back to the late 80s. In the …

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FIFA Candidate Gianni Infantino Wants Regionalised World Cup

FIFA presidential candidate Gianni Infantino has stated his belief that the World Cup should be spread across whole regions as opposed to just one country every four years. On the back of UEFA’S decision to stage EURO 2020 in 13 different countries, Infantino believes the prospect gives more countries the hope that they can one day host matches at the …

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When Will Manchester United’s Nightmare End?

A nightmare can be quite frightening, especially one that has lasted fifteen months following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United boss. After the elation of sealing the deal to sign a genuinely world-class midfielder in Angel Di Maria on Tuesday evening, Manchester United fans the world over woke on Wednesday morning spitting their corn flakes all over the …

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Fenton’s World Cup Blog: Why Did It End Like This?

All over Brazil the people file solemnly out of bars, restaurants, and outdoor screenings, some seek solace at the bottom of a bottle, others prefer to sit on the street and take it all in, all the while staining their replica yellow jerseys with tears. Brazil and it’s people has just suffered the biggest humiliation in it’s history. Surely it …

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Fenton’s World Cup Blog: What A Week

As all 32 teams have played their first World Cup games, now is a perfect time to reflect on an incredible week of football in Brazil. Day 1 After a couple of days of sitting around waiting for the festivities to begin, the big day had arrived. Brazil took on Croatia and our merry band of nine men and women …

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Fenton’s World Cup Blog: The Calm Before the Storm…Hopefully

I’ve been in Salvador for almost 24 hours now and I’ve yet to see any major signs that a World Cup is happening. Granted, I’ve not ventured very far outside my temporary place of residence but the people I have encountered don’t exactly appear to be on tenterhooks. Almost 36 hours after boarding a flight in Incheon, South Korea, I …

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World Cup 2014 – Place your bets

Nothing beats a cheeky flutter on the World Cup to keep the interest up as the tournament goes on. Why not have a look at these quick tips and decide who to throw your cash on. (DISCLAIMER: I am not and never claimed to be a successful gambler and will not be held accountable for loss of earnings, houses, or wives). …

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Fenton’s World Cup Blog: 40 days and 40 nights

Pundit Arena is proud to announce that our very own James Fenton will be blogging his way to the World Cup this summer.  Here’s the first of his blog entries. That’s all that’s left. It’s actually 38 days but this fact wouldn’t have lent itself to as catchy a title. Sunday marked six weeks before I gather up my belongings here …

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World Cup Rewind – Chile 1962

The 7th edition of the FIFA World Cup was held from May 30th to June 17th 1962 in Chile.  Champions Brazil set out to defend the trophy they won in Sweden four years previous. Pre-tournament After two successive World Cups were held in Europe, South American countries were adamant that the tournament should return to their continent. A complete boycott …

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World Cup Rewind – Sweden 1958

The 6th edition of the FIFA World Cup was hosted by Sweden from June 8th to 29th 1958.  West Germany returned as champions having won the trophy four years previously in Switzerland. Pre–Tournament Sweden fended off competition from Argentina, Chile, and Mexico and were awarded the right to host the 1958 World Cup on the 23rd of June 1950.  They …

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Top 5 Irish Managers

Both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are rich in history when it comes to exporting successful footballers to Britain and beyond. Young men have left these shores to become multiple Premier League winners, F.A. Cup heroes and European champions. But which Irishmen have made the grade after they have hung up their boots and made successes of themselves in …

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